These are the three words people above 40 never want to hear or face.
Life does not need to stop at 40, but it may need to be tweaked.As your body slows down, developing new healthy habits, routines and lifestyles is the best way to ensure a more active life.
“A healthy lifestyle actually isn’t hard to organise. People over 40 don’t need to exercise more, they just need to exercise more smartly. Short workouts are actually better for you as you get older, which means exercise is more tolerable and easier to do,” Lee Carseldine, runner up Australian Survivor and former state cricketer, said.
HERE ARE LEE’S TOP FIVE TIPS FOR MAINTAINING A HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE AFTER 40:
1. Change things up: There is nothing more boring and unsustainable than exercising the same way. It will lead to a bad relationship with workouts and benefits will diminish. Don’t exercise the same routine more than twice in any week and mix it up with boxing, cardio, running and fun outdoor activities.
2. Exercise with kids: Take your children on your workout. This may seem an insane thing to do and has its place (don’t take them to a gym workout). But if you are exercising outside, they will get used to your routine and the boundaries you set them. We all know children imitate their parents and there is no better example to set them than seeing you exercise. From experience, after a while they will even want to join in.
3. Work your core: Often the simplest of movements can lead to the greatest gains. The plank will work your core and is incredible for increasing balance, posture and staying flexible. Staying fl exible will help assist in reducing artery blockage.
4. Strengthen up: Weight training can help build bone density, helping with balance and this will lead to a reduction in the possibility of unnecessary falls at an older age. Don’t be afraid to lift heavier weights and reduce your rep range to 6–8.
5. Use technology: Embrace the tech age. The Striiv activity tracker can help remind you when to take any medication, help control your sugar level and monitor your gluten. Technology is here to help now, so use it.“Exercise and lifestyle changes shouldn’t be a daunting task, particularly if it’s the fi rst time people have done regular exercise. It’s never too late to start new routines and you’ll be surprised how much fun exercise can actually become.“You’ll even be surprised how good a steak and salad, rather than chips, can taste,” Lee said
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